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3 Reasons to Separate Facts and Story

3 Reasons to Separate Facts and Story

I want to talk to you about a simple exercise that can help improve the clarity of your communication and the health of your relationships. The exercise involves separating (1) the facts of the situation from (2) the story you make up about the situation. Facts The...
Is There Room for Jesus at Your Christmas?

Is There Room for Jesus at Your Christmas?

Most of us are familiar with the Christmas story. According to the Gospel of Luke, Joseph and Mary traveled to Bethlehem, and “while they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and...
Know Why You’re Stepping into the Ring

Know Why You’re Stepping into the Ring

I recently saw Creed 2, and I loved it. I love all the Rocky movies. They are inspirational, and they make me want to wake up, bust through my obstacles, and make something of my life. Losing Heart There was one scene from the movie that made a big impact on me, and...
When in Distress, Follow the Example of Jesus

When in Distress, Follow the Example of Jesus

We all go through times of distress. The other day, I was feeling quite upset. My uncle was sick with Stage IV cancer, and his prognosis didn’t look good. I was also dealing with some personal issues and insecurities that were causing me to feel sad and down. I was in...
Who Moved My Cheese?

Who Moved My Cheese?

One of my favorite books is “Who Moved My Cheese” by Spencer Johnson. (If you don’t like to read, there’s a great 10-minute video you can watch here.) The story is about two mice and two humans who live in a maze. Cheese represents whatever it...
What is Important vs. What is Urgent

What is Important vs. What is Urgent

We can get in trouble in our lives when we mistake what is important for what is urgent. What is Important? What is important has to do with your values. Values are like the guiding map that directs your actions and behaviors. Values have to do with what is most...
Self-Care: What is It? How Do We Do It?

Self-Care: What is It? How Do We Do It?

If you take a look at the self-help or psychology section at your local bookstore (or on Amazon), you will find a lot of books on self-care. As psychologists, we talk a lot about self-care with our clients and students. But what is self-care? And more importantly, how...
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